Anyone for Tea?

As the trend for vintage weddings is set to continue why not add a little twist to the style by going for an Afternoon Tea theme.

At Gorgeous we are often asked how to put additional quirks and with the ever hopeful bride expecting beautiful weather the pretty touch of vintage crockery and cake stands can really add that special touch.

The theme can work equally well for large weddings in grand country houses as well as a more intimate gathering in a marquee.  Depending on the season it is always great to use as many English country garden blooms as possible.  From May until early July the array of peonies can be astounding and the scent that they bring make them a real bonus.  Mix these with other scented roses such as O’Hara and Norma Jean and you’re almost there.

To create a natural look you then need to start thinking about adding smaller blooms, such as freesias, ranunculus and astrantia which come in a stunning selection of colours and just soften the whole look.

When using this selection of flowers for bouquets or table pieces its important to use the complimentary accessories and vessels.  Martini vases wouldn’t create the right visuals so use teapots, cake stands, enamel jugs and jam jars.  This will create an eclectic mixture of shapes and heights and these can then be grouped on tables, window sills, cake tables, the list is endless.

Likewise for the bouquets and buttonholes don’t use a solid satin ribbon, go for a hessian or jute ribbon to secure the handle and cover buttonhole stems with rustic twine.

Add stripy straws in a matching jam jar next to your glass bell jar of cloudy lemonade whilst the hog is roasting, have a hamper filled with pashminas for the ladies to wrap around them as the night draws on and enjoy a very relaxed and charming wedding!